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Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967).  Picture-Show.  1920.

5. The Dug-Out


WHY do you lie with your legs ungainly huddled, 
And one arm bent across your sullen, cold, 
Exhausted face? It hurts my heart to watch you, 
Deep-shadow’d from the candle’s guttering gold; 
And you wonder why I shake you by the shoulder;         5
Drowsy, you mumble and sigh and turn your head... 
You are too young to fall asleep for ever; 
And when you sleep you remind me of the dead.

St Venant, July 1918.
 


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